MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Death records

Shortly before an evening assembly, I heard some noises coming from the outside, like heavy objects falling on boards. I asked what was going on. My deputy told me to look through the window. I will never forget what I saw… Corpses were being loaded on a truck. There was a pile of corpses of about 250 people. Two Leichenträgers grabbed them by legs and arms and threw them on a carriage. The third Leichenträger was putting them in a manner to put as many corpses as possible. The sound of falling corpses was so loud that attracted attention of SS officers walking outside the camp. Later, I saw this every next day and I got used to it, as well as to transporting the corpses of my colleagues by a huge truck or carriage. I couldn’t have got rid of my first impression.

Czesław Jaworski (no. 31070)